Author: Richard Feynman

Brief Info: American theoretical physicist

Years Lived: 1918-1988

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The limitations of specialization

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In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.

From the remarks Feynman 1956 remarks at a Caltech YMCA Lunch Forum

— 1956-05-02

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